Col. John Thornton Military Person

John Thornton (c. 1739-1782) was a colonel who played an important role in the Battle of King's Mountain. He made the gunnpowder used by the rebel troops. He may have fired the fatal shot that killed the British colonel. He was the son of Frances Thornton III and Frances Greagory. His wife, Jane Augusta Washington Thornton, was his second cousin (he being descended from Mildred Washington, sister of Augustine Washington I). She was the third daughter of Augustine Washington, Jr. and Anne/Ann Aylett. She was born after 1726; she died in the year 1833. One of their children, Nancy Augusta Thornton Rogers, met her future husband at Kings Mountain. She was carrying water to the rebel troops when she met him. They were soon married. When called a rebel she became annoyed, for she preferred "Patriot". Col. John Thornton and Jane Augusta Washington had one child: Nancy Augusta Thornton (1763-1848).

Personal details

Date of birth
Date of death
1782 at age of 43

Military conflicts participated

American Revolutionary War


April 19th, 1775


September 3rd, 1783

Wikipedia article

The American Revolutionary War, the American War of Independence, or simply the Revolutionary War in the United States, was the revolt against Great Britain by the thirteen American colonies which founded the United States of America. Originally limited to the colonies, French and Spanish intervention would spread the fighting to Europe, the Caribbean, and the East Indies as well. The war had its origins in the resistance of many Americans to taxes imposed by the British parliament, which they held to be unlawful. Formal acts of rebellion against British authority began in 1774 when the Patriot Suffolk Resolves ousted the royal government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. The tensions caused by this would lead to the outbreak of fighting between Patriot militia and British regulars at Lexington and Concord in April 1775. By spring 1776 the Patriots had full control in all thirteen colonies and on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared their independence. The British were meanwhile mustering large forces to put down the revolt.

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